We once more made our yearly leap back in time to the '80's this summer, re-visiting one of our favourites, Rewind Festival.
We once more made our yearly leap back in time to the '80's this summer, re-visiting one of our favourites, Rewind Festival. Held at both scenic Henley-on-Thames and lively Perth, Scotland, we came ready to bring the best music of people's childhoods for those who are just not ready to grow up, at least for a weekend. With such hugely nostalgic acts making their way to the stage after decades of their hits being enjoyed by fans – The Sugarhill Gang, Billy Ocean, Chesney Hawkes, Go West - we knew that the crowds would definitely be out in storm and style.
We definitely weren't disappointed as the first of our silent disco events went underway and all the excitement for the whole festival was very evidential. People dressed as Darth Vader with a whole platoon of clone troopers, Kermit the Frog, and always with a smattering of Smurfs, they all made an appearance, dancing through the night to apparent silence. People walking past certainly didn't know what to make of it all, so they did what any normal person would do – came right on in and became a part of it. Soon we had a queue that ran the entire length of the tent and musical voices ringing out so loud that it even smothered the karaoke stage that was nearby.
The atmosphere was almost palpable as people's favourite acts from all through the ‘80’s decade made their appearances. Cheers and singing could be heard all around the festival, even from the campsite, as children of the glam pop decade (not to mention some younger twenty-somethings) chanted along to the greatest hits of the time. This fun-loving attitude was brought to our tent in the evenings where we continued to feed people’s love of the '80's – admittedly with a little bit of '90's thrown in – but it was still all taken in good fun.
Giving us some great memories, the people who frequent the Rewind festivals will always be some of the most exciting people we've ever met to attend a silent disco. We look forward to doing it all again in 2014, where a brand new third festival in Cheshire will be added to the summer dates, creating the potential of making it the best summer ever. We hope to see you there.